The number one seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia will face compatriot Andrey Rublev in the quarter-final of the ATP St. Petersburg Open on Friday, September 20. The match will be played at 5.30 pm local time (4.30 pm BST). You can find the Daniil Medvedev v Andrey Rublev live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Daniil Medvedev v Andrey Rublev Head to Head
The pair have met once before on the senior ATP tour in Cincinnati in August, Medvedev winning in straight sets. They also met once as juniors in Budapest in 2016, and Medvedev won that match as well.
Medvedev Eyeing Another Title
World number four Medvedev, the man who pushed Rafael Nadal all the way in the US Open final, is in the form of his life. Already a winner in Sofia in February, he had a hugely successful American hard court season reaching four consecutive finals, and winning the Cincinnati Masters, the biggest title of his career to date.
And now he has a great chance of winning another title, this time in front of his home fans, after his biggest potential rival, for the crown, Karen Khachanov was knocked out by Joao Sousa of Portugal on Thursday.
He will be taking nothing for granted after fellow Russian Evgeny Donskoy made him work for his second round win on Thursday, but if he keeps his focus, he knows he has a major hope of lifting the trophy on Sunday.
Rublev, an Unpredictable Talent
Rublev is showing signs of becoming the next one off the Russian production line of talent. The 2014 junior French Open Champion has claimed some impressive scalps this year, including Dominic Thiem in Hamburg, and then Roger Federer in Cincinnati, the biggest win of his young career. He also defeated Nick Kyrgios in straight sets in the US Open.
What he still lacks though is the consistency to produce that standard of tennis for an entire tournament, rather than in sudden bursts.
That is why his win at the Umag Open in 2017 is his only career title to date, although he was a beaten finalist in Hamburg earlier this year.
An illustration of how he can struggle in tournaments is how he has had to battle this week to get this far. Ilya Ivashka of Belarus took him to three sets on Tuesday, and Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania did the same in their second round encounter on Thursday night.
Medvedev v Rublev Predictions & Tips
Medvedev is the clear favourite to win this match at 2/5, whilst Rublev is at 7/4. Whilst Rublev is certainly capable of a surprise result, Medvedev has a determined focus these days, and will have his eyes set on yet another title..
Tip: Medvedev to win in straight sets: 5/7 (888Sport)